Today’s posting has no less than three Popes, two feature in the next paragraph but we also start the births one with Pope Alexander VIII, (or Pietro Vito Ottoboni as he was then), who started off in white linen in 1610 before graduating to ermine in 1689. Philosopher immortalised in Eric Idle’s song, Immanuel Kant gave great thought to be being born in 1724. Leading red member Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, or just Lenin, didn’t quite revolutionise the world when born in 1870. Having mentioned Yehudi Menuhin on 12th March when he died, here he is again given he dropped his bow for the first time in 1916. Aaron Spelling, the television/film producer responsible for classic 70’s programmes Charlie’s Angels and Starsky & Hutch, along with some not quite so classic programmes through the proceeding decades, (Fantasy Island, Dynasty and Beverley Hills 90210 being three such cases), was centre of attention in 1923. Great English actor George Cole had nearly as many teeth when born in 1925 as he did when he died last year. Country singer Glen Travis Campbell found he will never pass this way again after being born in 1936. Top actor with the great grin, John Joseph ‘Jack’ Nicholson found how good it can get in 1937. World record holder who liked balloons, Steve Fossett flew solo from 1944. First rock singer to feature, Peter Kenneth Frampton didn’t have to be shown the way in 1950. The other one is Paul Melvyn Carrack who’s been with various bands as well as having solo hits, started the living years in 1951. Ex-Polish Prime Minister and now current President of the European Council who’s recently been in the news, Donald Franciszek Tusk bagged his place in 1957. Spiky haired ex-celebrity chef Gary Rhodes will probably bake himself a cake in honour of his 56th birthday. Top comedian Sean Lock joined the circuit in 1963. Whilst we’re not famous (or infamous), my twin brother and myself celebrate our birthday today! Bi-sexual dog smuggling wife to Johnny Depp, actress Amber Heard was out in 1986.
There aren’t that many deaths to report on today, but as mentioned above, there are two Popes – the first of which Pope Caius had to get some elderly Cardinals carry his coffin in the Vatican back in 296. Next up is Pope Agapetus I who didn’t get to hear, ‘Extra omnes!’ in 536. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Prime Minister for the Liberal party found himself somewhat more conservative from 1908. One half of car manufacturer and aeroplane engine maker Rolls Royce, Sir Frederick Henry Royce didn’t die, he just ‘came to the end of his journey’ in 1933. William Aughe Ghere or Will Gere who played Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in dull 1970’s series ‘The Waltons’, found he didn’t have to say, ‘Night John Boy’ again after 1978. Nearly impeached 37th President of the United States of America, Richard Milhous Nixon didn’t get to answer the red telephone from 1994. Finally, founder of 99c stores in America, Dave Gold’s funeral costs cost a few thousand dollars more than that in 2013.